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If your premises require a licence, you have a legal duty to carry out a fire risk assessment.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service is advised of licence applications in order that we can ensure adequate fire safety measures are provided and maintained, according to the risk of the premises and the activity taking place.

You will find information about applying for a licence on the GOV.UK website. You will also find further general information on our Licensing pages.

How can I find out more about a fire safety risk assessment for my premises?

Each type of premises will have its own fire safety requirements. To learn about the ones that apply to your premises, please go to our fire risk assessments page. Here, you will find useful information together with links to the government assessment guides for different types of premises. You will also find information about who can carry out an assessment.

Will you inspect my premises?

Yes. Although our inspectors can visit at any time, we usually give you advance notice or make an appointment.

Common problems our inspectors find when visiting licenced premises

Compartmentation

Licensed premises often have accommodation on the first floor. It is essential that the separation – known as compartmentation – of the commercial areas from the residential ones is done using materials that provide 60 minutes resistance to fire. This can include floors, ceilings, stairs and doors. In order to prevent the spread of fire and smoke to other areas, it is also essential to ensure that there are no holes or gaps caused by wires or pipes passing through walls or other partitions.

If licensed premises have first floor accommodation, ensure they are separated (compartmented) using materials with 60 minutes fire resistance.

Which section of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies?

Article 8 – Duty to take general fire precautions

Fire risk assessment

All types of licensed premises must ensure they have undertaken and documented their fire risk assessment, which needs to be available on site and regularly reviewed. 

Remember to ensure a fire risk assessment has been carried out and is regularly reviewed.

Which section of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies?

Article 9 – Risk assessment

Fire detection and alarm systems

We sometimes find domestic smoke detectors have been used in commercial premises. It is important to be aware that commercial premises are required to have fire detection and fire alarm systems of the correct standard and which are suitable for commercial premises. If you have any doubt or questions, consult Kent Fire and Rescue Service, or a fire alarm engineer. 

Do not use domestic smoke detectors. Always fit fire detection and fire alarm systems that are intended and suitable for commercial premises.

Which section of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies?

Article 13 – Firefighting and fire detection

I need some help

If you need help at any stage, contact our free business safety helpline on 01622 212 442 or by email at businessfiresafety@kent.fire-uk.org

Want to learn more?

Go to our business protection portal where you can generate a report specific to your type of business premises and location. This digital service will provide you with a wealth of additional information on how to safeguard your premises against a variety of different hazards.

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